Has anyone tried the Bogle "Essential Red"?
I have long thought Bogle offers some the of the best value red wines (which sell in the $9-$12 range) in California. They also make a premium blended red called "the Phantom," which sells in the $15-$17. This morning I noticed they sell a blended red (called "Essential Red") that sells around $10.
Has anyone tried this wine? Is it appreciably different than their Zin or Petite Sirah?
Yes. I have had this and think it is worth trying for the price. We enjoyed it with some grilled meat and think it is a good blend for just that.
I didn't exactly get real serious when tasting this or take notes, but from what I remember it did taste pretty Zin heavy, very fruity, with a pleasant note of oak coming through.
I know I have had the Phantom before and if my memory serves me correctly I would say that was more dry and intense...where as this is sort of a fun wine for the patio with enough fruity sweetness to drink when it is warm out.